HTC IS Developing a Metaverse Phone. Earlier this year, HTC made known that it is preparing to reenter the high-end Android smartphone market. This would be the company’s first flagship product in almost four years, with the most recent consumer flagship being the HTC U12 from 2018. After the U12 flopped, the company mostly switched to mid-range products.
The metaverse trend is a focus of this new HTC Android phone, although it’s not entirely apparent what that implies for the actual gadget. There is currently nothing connecting the metaverse to a smartphone, unlike 2019’s HTC Exodus 1, which focused on blockchain and cryptocurrency by adding a crypto wallet among other features. Although there is still a lot we don’t know, one possible scenario is that the device is based on HTC’s Vive Flow VR headset. The phone may potentially target augmented reality (AR) apps, according to rumors.
BUT THERE HAS BEEN A DELAY In any event, we’ll have to wait a little while longer to learn what HTC has in store. The business announced that this metaverse device would be delayed on social media (through WinFuture ). The phone was initially planned to arrive in April, which has now definitely passed.
Real-world issues, such as the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on supply chains, are to blame for the delay.
Things are particularly terrible in Taiwan, the home nation of HTC, where the virus is currently experiencing its greatest spread to yet. Taiwan is already reporting over 80,000 COVID cases every day, compared to just 15,000 cases reported during the entire year of 2021, as Reuters revealed earlier this week.
Focus Taiwan reported that HTC experienced a new low in sales earlier this month, generating only $7 million in April. This was the lowest amount generated since the firm went public in 2002, or nearly 20 years ago to the day.